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Dangote

25 September 2017, Published under Cement News

A bidding war for PPC is underway after Dangote Cement submitted a takeover deal of cash and shares to the company last week. The offer comes after PPC received a joint offer from its domestic rival AfriSam Group and Toronto-based Fairfax Financial Holdings. Dangote has said that it has two banks willing to support its offer but declined to name the lenders. “The market in South Africa needs consolidation. It’s the right thing for us to go in there and consolidate,” says Dangote Cement. A...

Dangote confirms "preliminary talks" with PPC

15 September 2017, Published under Cement News

Talks between Dangote Cement and PPC regarding the possible acquisition of PPC by Dangote are in a "preliminary stage", according to the Nigeria-based cement producer, confirming news reports earlier this week . If successful, Dangote Cement would extend its presence in South Africa. Currently the company owns a 64 per cent stake in Sephaku Cement. "DCP (Dangote Cement Plc) hereby confirms that the board of directors of DCP has merely communicated its interest to the board of directors o...

PIC reportedly backs joint offer for PPC

13 September 2017, Published under Cement News

PPC'S largest shareholder, Public Investment Corporation (PIC), is supporting a joint offer for South Africa's biggest cement-maker from domestic rival AfriSam Group and Canadian insurer Fairfax Financial Holdings, as the merger would create a national champion, according to people familiar with the matter, reported in the Cape Argus. The enlarged cement producer will be able to benefit from significant cost savings as well as expand more effectively on the continent, according to the sou...

Dangote sets eyes on PPC Group

11 September 2017, Published under Cement News

Aliko Dangote is considering counter offers for the PPC Group and as such could spark a bidding contest for South Africa’s largest cement producer, reported The Star who quoted people close to the subject. Dangote Cement sees the bid as a way to accelerate its pan-African expansion, but the company is only one of several companies keeping a close eye on the bidding. PPC has already received one rival offer to the AfriSam Group bid from Canada-based Fairfax Financial Holdings and both bids...

AfriSam submits revised PPC merger offer

05 September 2017, Published under Cement News

South Africa’s cement maker AfriSam has submitted a revised merger approach to larger domestic rival PPC, the company said on Monday. AfriSam’s latest proposal values PPC at 5.75 rand per share, or SAR9.2bn (US$709.47m), and is the company’s  third attemp to merge with PPC and create a pan-African cement group with assets across six countries. As part of the proposal, the African unit of Canada's Fairfax Africa Holdings offered to buy 22 per cent of PPC at 5.75 rand per share for SAR2b...

South African merger talks: make or break?

01 September 2017, Published under Cement News

Following the collapse of a second round of talks between South Africa's two leading cement producers on a proposed merger, will AfriSam's expected new proposal be enough to push negotiations through and be a case of third-time lucky? Last Friday AfriSam confirmed that it had cancelled the Heads of Terms it had entered into with PPC, which would have led to a formal merger agreement but says it remains committed to pursuing a deal. "AfriSam remains firm that a transaction between AfriSam a...

AfriSam to come up with new merger plan

30 August 2017, Published under Cement News

Merger talks between South African cement producers AfriSam and PPC have been terminated after AfriSam retracted the heads of terms (HoT) that were entered into in February. PPC on Friday said AfriSam planned to rather submit an undisclosed new proposal regarding a possible combination of the two companies. AfriSam acting chief executive, Rob Wessels, said the company remained committed to pursuing a transaction and intended to submit a new proposal regarding a possible merger to PPC. ...

Changes to PPC executive team

24 August 2017, Published under Cement News

PPC has appointed Njombo Lekula as managing director of its Southern African Cement division. Previously the managing director of Rest of Africa Cement, Mr Lekula has been with PPC for 27 years, holding a number of cement manufacturing and executive management roles. Meanwhile, Mokate Ramafoko has been appointed as the managing director of Rest of Africa Cement. He is a chemist by profession with over 23 years of experience in the cement manufacturing, quality assurance and cement process...

PPC 1Q17 results in line with expectations

21 August 2017, Published under Cement News

PPC revenue for the period ended 30 June 2017 (1Q17) is ahead YoY while group EBITDA is in line with the year-ago period. The advance has been attributed to good cost management. Johan Claassen, interim CEO, said: "Our focus is firmly on delivering improved profitability and liquidity in the shorter term while our longer term strategy remains unchanged. More specifically, we will focus our management effort on the new operations in the DRC and Ethiopia, ensuring that they deliver to expec...

PPC's CEO is to resign

24 July 2017, Published under Cement News

Darryll Castle, Pretoria Portland Cement's (PPC) CEO, is stepping down to pursue other interests. PPC announced in a statement that Mr Castle will still be available to the group for six months to ensure a smooth handover. Johan Claassen, managing director of the South African cement business, has been appointed as interim chief executive. PPC reported a 93 per cent decline in full-year earnings in June, due to a liquidity crisis precipitated by the cut in ithe company's credit rating...